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The nation’s busiest courts are preparing for strike action today as workers claim they are under excessive strain in the wake of court reforms. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen sheriff courts are expected to be most affected as the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) organised a walk-out fo

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On Monday 22 December 2014 in an article headlined “Figures show court closures have slowed justice system”, we reported that Forfar Sheriff Gregor Murray had said court staff were having to “fight” their way through a “chock-a-block” diary after the transfer of business to Forfar follow

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British intelligence agents will be able to testify in court so long as they wear wigs and makeup to hide their identities at the impending trial of an alleged al-Qaeda agent a judge has ruled. The six MI5 agents who undertook surveillance on Abid Naseer, 28, whom they believed was involved in a plo

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The Scottish government has said a decision has not yet been made on the planned women’s prison in Greenock. The £75 million HMP Inverclyde has been widely opposed by campaigners and opposition parties who say the focus should be on reducing the number of women being put in prison.

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A High Court judge is to be asked whether the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing can launch an appeal to get the conviction of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi overturned. Mr al-Megrahi was the only person convicted over the bombing of a Pan Am plane that killed 270 people as it flew over the so

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Ending the automatic early release of prisoners will affect cases where a judge is considering a non-mandatory life sentence, the Faculty of Advocates has told MSPs. When examining the option of an order for lifelong restriction (OLR), the Faculty said, a judge must look forward and assess whether t

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The Parole Board for Scotland has published its Annual Report 2013-14 today. The report shows, among other things, that out of 426 prisoner cases referred to the Board, 139 (or 33 per cent) were recommended for release on parole.

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Following yesterday’s publication by the UK government of a draft bill for the transfer of powers from Westminster to Holyrood Alistair Morris, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “We welcome the publication of the draft clauses and are pleased to see that they take into account the

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